Improve Opioid Safety and Chronic Pain Management in Michigan Communities

The Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center are excited to provide a cloud-based guide to Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This resource:

  • Summarizes the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain with a focus on 12 key evidence-based recommendations.

  • Offers clinical quality improvement (QI) opioid measures that align with the CDC Prescribing Guideline recommendations.

  • Provides a deep dive into robust implementation strategies to establish sustainable improvements in clinical practice.

Evidence-based practices that are poorly implemented – or not implemented at all – do not produce the expected benefits. This resource is designed to support a systematic approach to implementation that results in lasting behavior change and closes the gap between evidence and practice. 

Funding for this resource is provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Overdose Data to Action grant. This program aims to increase the use of non-opioid and non-pharmacologic treatments for pain care when appropriate, decrease high-risk opioid prescribing, and increase referrals to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder.

Who should use this resource? 

The target users for this resource are individuals that have the capability (clinical background), opportunity (involved in the care of patients with chronic pain), and motivation (passion for opioid safety, chronic pain management, or quality improvement) to improve patient care. This includes prescribers, pharmacists, behavioral health professionals, opioid use disorder treatment program staff, and local opioid safety champions to name a few.


Who Should I Contact for More Information?

Jill Oesterle, MCRH, (517) 353-6891,

Kristy Shafer-Swadley, MHA Keystone Center, (517) 886-8250,

Training Curriculum

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    Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

    • Introductory Reading

    • Implementation Guide for CDC Guideline

    • Closing Remarks

    • Download Implementation Reference Guide & Template